This book is a delight. It is charming, and thought provoking, and overall just lovely. It takes place in a world not too far off from our own, only there is magic. The magic may have been hidden away for quite some time, but those who were magical were probably forced to show themselves. The “people in charge” decided that in order to “include” these magical beings into society, they must be registered. For what purpose remains unclear. Mr. Linus Baker, our protagonist, works […]
Eg snakkar om det heile tida (I talk about it all the time) – 5 stars Official book description: I call a friend. Did the man in the bar call me a black b*tch when I didn’t want to give him my number? That time we had arranged to drink beer, but we drank tequila instead? She goes quiet. No. He called you the n-word. Thank you, I say. Thank you for remembering. I talk about it all the time is a witness statement, an […]
Linus Baker is a cog in a bureaucratic machine. He is a case worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, or DICOMY. He is average in nearly every way: average build, average house, average desk job. Everything in his life is routine from his bus ride to work, to grinning and bearing it when he has to put up with his boss on a power-trip or his neighbor butting her way into his life, to the detailed reports he completes for all of […]
What makes a tradition a tradition? How and when do we pass from routine to ritual, and ritual to sacred rite? How do we decide what it kept, what is left behind, and what must be destroyed for the good of the future? Ruth Gilligan knows, but she will not give us any easy answers. Instead, she gives us snapshots; a literal photograph sets us in motion, but glimpses into the life of “modern Ireland” connect the pieces by stringing one red knot to another. […]
Draper sets out to address social prejudices against those among us with disabilities, by enabling the reader to view the world through the eyes of 11-year-old Melody, a victim of cerebral palsy. Melody is confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk or even sit upright, cannot feed herself, has uncontrollable spasms of her arms and legs, and occasionally drools in public. Worst of all, however, is that she has a mind that functions at top speed, a photographic memory, a thirst for knowledge, a need […]
Did Lizzie Borden brutally murder her parents with a hatchet? Did anyone bother to proofread this book? What happened to the rest of this post, including the link to my review? We may never know.